If all you’ve read by Jessica R. Patch are her Love Inspired Suspense novels, be sure and check out her Honeyhaven Romance series. I love her suspense novels with their great action-filled plots combined with a developing romance but sometimes I just need to read something light-hearted. The Honeyhaven novellas are perfect for that with their sweet romance, small town vibe, and humor that will make even Scrooge laugh.

Book 4 of the series, Honey for the Holidays, focuses on Scout Denman and Crockett Baylor. Scout and Crockett went from nearly engaged to barely getting along and that was only for the sake of their mutual friends. It seems as if the whole town sided with Scout when she assumed that Crockett had betrayed her with another woman (he didn’t).So when the job of city manager that Crockett had always wanted opened up, he convinced Scout to pretend they are once again together in order to give him a better chance at the job, After all, what could possibly go wrong?

Once again Jessica Patch has managed to take an emotionally charged and seemingly impossible situation, add a heavy dose of humor, a liberal amount of conflict, and mixed it all together to provide her readers with a delightfully romantic novella. I love the small town atmosphere where everyone knows everything about everyone and the way they all work together to help each other out. I enjoyed every second of it and like other readers have mentioned, I will probably find myself reading Honey for the Holidays as well as the rest of the Honeyhaven series again and again.

This novella can be enjoyed on its own but why do that when you can read the entire series and get to know all the wonderfully quirky residents of Honeyhaven. I can guarantee fun will be had by all.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by the author. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Crockett Baylor is known as a businessman whose professional practices are above reproach. His personal reputation? Not so much. When the mayor dangles Crockett’s long-buried dream in front of him, he’ll have to take drastic measures to prove he’s worthy. He’s got a plan but it requires the help of his ex, who despises him for all the wrong reasons.

Beloved Parks and Recreation Director, Scout Denman refuses to go along with Crockett’s cockamamie scheme: pretending they’ve rekindled their past romantic relationship. It’s too much of an emotional strain. But she has no choice when she gets in a bind and needs his help with a parks project.

As they stumble their way through Christmas events, grudgingly selling themselves as a couple, they discover there might be a genuine ember left burning under the ashes of their broken hearts. And if they can swallow their pride, they might be able to spark it into a glowing future together.


Jessica R. Patch is known for her dry wit and signature twists whether she’s penned a contemporary romance or romantic suspense. When she’s not hunched over her laptop (or in physical therapy because she’s been hunched over her laptop), you can find her cozy on the couch in her mid-south home watching way too much Netflix with her family, going on “adventures” in the name of book research, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Sign up for her newsletter “Patched In” at Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.